Topic: Digital markets

EU accepts revised commitments to end Amazon probes

The European Commission has closed a pair of abuse of dominance investigations into Amazon after approving a revised commitment package that includes making a second competing Buy Box more visible on its e-commerce platform.

20 December 2022

Judge sceptical of Meta’s weakness claims

Meta Platforms does not have the in-house capacity to build a successful virtual reality fitness app, its vice president of VR has testified.

19 December 2022

Latin American platform joins App Store complainants

South America’s largest online marketplace has complained to the Brazilian and Mexican competition authorities that Apple imposes unlawful restrictions on digital retailers.

16 December 2022

A Q&A with Sarah Cardell

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority plans to publish draft sustainability cooperation guidance “early next year”, its interim head has said while discussing with GCR how the agency can better help in the cost of living crisis.

15 December 2022

Judge queries why Within sold to Meta

A federal judge has probed Within Unlimited’s president on why the virtual reality company chose not “stay in the game” as he presides over the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to block its sale to Meta Platforms.

15 December 2022

FTC’s expert: Meta needs Within to own the VR ecosystem

Meta Platforms identified fitness as the keystone of the virtual reality world and was willing to pay an “extreme multiple” of Within Unlimited’s valuation to conquer it, the Federal Trade Commission’s hired economic expert has said.

14 December 2022

Draft DMA procedural rules outline streamlined defence rights

The European Commission has published its draft procedural rules governing its enforcement of the Digital Markets Act, largely mirroring existing procedures for traditional competition probes but imposing tougher restrictions on information access and other defence rights.

13 December 2022

Ontario court throws out class action against hotel booking platforms

A provincial court in Ontario has dismissed a proposed class action against Booking, Expedia and several other online hotel booking platforms for allegedly infringing Canada’s competition law by displaying misleading search results, ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove a financial loss.

08 December 2022

Google evades advertising algorithm suit

A California federal court correctly scrapped a stock image provider’s claims that Google illegally monopolised the online search advertising market, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has said.

08 December 2022

Lasserre tasked with competition and data privacy convergence

France’s data regulator has asked the renowned former head of the national antitrust agency to determine how to better align the two areas of enforcement in light of the EU’s upcoming digital regulation.

06 December 2022

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